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Hello All

A few months ago I started a thread about my wedding dress being cut too short before I tried it on. I have a different set of questions and so thought it better to start a new thread. You can find out more here:,10934.msg195892.html#msg195892

If anyone is willing, it would be so helpful if you could PM private message me with your honest thoughts on (even one or two) of following. The person I had been working with would answer ‘yes’ all of these points and says that they are reasonable and standard practices in the dressmaking industry. I’m trying to get a clearer unbiased understanding.

1.   Would you ever rely on the length of the calico / toile sample to cut the bottom of the silk dress (with no hem) before the silk dress has been tried on?
2.   The dressmaker relied on the calico for the length of the silk dress. She told me I had put on weight which is why the silk dress seemed shorter. I did not put on weight, but if I had, is it true that one dress size larger would make the hem about 5 to 7cm shorter?
3.   If the customer did not make comments in person at the first fitting in the silk dress (because she was fighting tears!), but emailed the same day asking for amendments, would you refuse a further fitting? (Three fittings were contracted).
4.   If a customer’s body shape changed, would you refuse further fittings? (My shape was not noticeably different but she’s claiming it was).
5.   If you relocated during lockdown before you completed the job, would you expect full payment and ask the customer to get the job completed elsewhere at her own expense?

It would also be helpful to know:
6.   If a wedding was postponed due to lockdown, would you agree to postpone your services? How many months do you think is reasonable to postpone your services for? Or would you negotiate a price reduction for some of the fee for services not used (e.g. fittings / amendments)? Or would the customer still need to pay the full fee even though the dress is not complete?
7.   How many fittings in the silk dress would your quote include?

Thanks so much for your help. Your answers to even one or two of these questions would be so useful.


Sewing Professionally / Dressmaker directory
« on: September 21, 2020, 21:57:52 PM »
Hi. Anyone know if there are there any good dressmaker-specific directories out there?

A bit of a 'do' / Taking our seams in silk crepe
« on: September 19, 2020, 16:44:07 PM »
Hello All

I need a silk crepe morocain wedding dress to be adjusted (seams taken out) and the supplier who has the dress, insists that this can be done without damaging the silk. I would very much appreciate your opinions on this as I am unable to obtain the dress for a second opinion until I've paid for it.

Please find attached three pictures that the supplier has sent of a swatch of the silk crepe morocain ( that is 1. stitched, 2. stitches removed and 3. steam ironed. She is using these images to illustrate that taking out the stitching will not damage the silk.

The dress is lined in silk crepe backed satin: If the seams on the morocain might be okay, is there any chance that the seams in the lining might not be and might show through?

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A bit of a 'do' / Wedding dress too short
« on: September 02, 2020, 10:52:41 AM »
Hello All

I’m new and joined this forum as I would really value some help from all the expertise and passion I’ve seen on these boards.

I’ve been having a wedding dress made by a design company which is relocating from London to Salford and can no longer complete my dress for me. The most recent fitting was the first fitting I had done in the actual dress with the silk fabric. The dress is too short at the front and I asked for the hem to be taken down as my shoes were clearly visible. I have been told that the hem has absolutely no seam at all and that the only way of lengthening the dress is loosening the dress from the front seams (there is a zip in one of the side seams).  I believe that there is about 2cm in each of the front seams and the dress is too tight anyway (including at the back).

I am not by any means familiar with dress making and I’m worried that taking out the seams might not fix the length by very much, might be expensive to do, and might compromise the rest of the dress. I’ve attached a picture of the dress skirt in the toile just before it was made in the silk. I’d be very interested in having any opinions / advice / comments / signposting.

And thanks for your help.

Best wishes


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